Mr. Redman currently serves at the Senior Director of Strategy at BrightHouse, a creative consulting group. He was formerly the Chief Operating Officer at OneGoal, which is a growing organization focused on making college graduation possible for all students in our nation. From 2009-14, Mr. Redman served as Vice President of Strategy and External Affairs at Teach For America in Chicago. He worked for Deloitte Consulting from 2005-2009 in the Washington and London offices, focusing on business strategy and performance management. Mr. Redman graduated as an honors scholar from Auburn University with a BS in business, and holds masters degrees from the University of Texas and the University of Cambridge. He lives in the Virginia Highlands with his wife and three daughters.
Vice Chair, Governance Committee Chair
Ms.Cagle is founding team member and Associate Partner at Promise54. She has over 14 years of experience in education and talent work. Before helping found Promise54, Ms. Cagle worked as an Associate Partner on the Talent Advising Team at Bellwether Education Partners. From 2007-2015, she worked on Teach For America’s national recruitment team in a variety of roles, leading the organization’s teacher recruitment in the South along with several national strategic initiatives. Earlier in her career, Ms. Cagle worked as a middle school teacher in rural North Carolina. She holds a bachelor’s degree in American Studies from Yale University and lives in midtown Atlanta with her husband and two sons.
Treasurer, Finance Committee Chair
Mr. Nelson currently serves as a Financial Services Manager at The Coca-Cola Company, with forecasting and budget management responsibilities for Coke’s business with CVS Health. Mr. Nelson has been with The Coca-Cola Company since 2011, first joining the company’s audit department. Prior to joining Coke, Mr. Nelson spent three years at Ernst & Young in the Atlanta office, working in the audit practice from 2008 – 2011. Mr. Nelson received his bachelor’s degree from Morehouse College, with a degree in business administration, concentrating in accounting. He also received a Masters in Accounting from Wake Forest University.
Ms. Barksdale is the Chief Operating Officer at Promise54. She has over a decade of experience in education and non-profit management, including leading Teach for America’s national strategy team and managing the organization’s growth strategy and development efforts. Ms. Barksdale also has experience leading and advising on talent management efforts in schools and school districts. She previously worked in Morgan Stanley’s Public Finance Investment Banking group based out of New York and received her undergraduate degree from Duke University. Ms. Barksdale is a proud resident of Southwest Atlanta.
Ms. Cash is the Assistant Corporate Secretary at Southern Company. She has over a decade of experience in the legal field, previously as an attorney at Georgia Power and Arnall Golden Gregory LLP. She is also a board member for the Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation and a former board member of the Development Authority of Fulton County. Ms. Cash received her bachelor’s degree from Duke University and her J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law. She lives in Southwest Atlanta with her husband and four children.
Mr. Lasher is currently the Executive Director of Mergers and Acquisitions at Cox Communications. Prior to this position, Mr. Lasher was the Vice President of Real Estate and Development at Hyatt Hotels Corporation. He has spent time in various roles in the Feasibility, Development Finance, and Real Estate Strategy functional areas of Hyatt. Mr. Lasher received his bachelors degree in finance and management from the University of Pennsylvania, and his MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.
Mr. Loveland is a retired senior parnter from King & Spalding with more than 40 years of trial and appellate experience. In his tenure as a lawyer, Mr. Loveland primarily focused on business litigation. Mr. Loveland graduated with highest honors from the University of North Carolina and received his law degree, cum laude, from Harvard Law School. Mr. Loveland currently serves as the Chair of the Board of Trustees of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy based in Boulder, Colorado. He is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of the Southern Center for Human Rights in Atlanta. Mr. Loveland was a founding member of the Board of Georgia Appleseed and served as its Chair in 2010-2011. He is also a member of the Board of SteerSmart, based in Atlanta.
Mr. Pierson is a Vice President at Goldman Sachs & Co, where he manages the assets of foundations, endowments and families across the Southeast. He previously served as executive director for Teach for America – Northern California. He began his career as a Teach for America corps member, teaching sixth grade. Mr. Pierson is currently a board member at Teach for America – Atlanta and redefinED atlanta as well as board chair of New Schools for New Orleans. He served on Gov. Nathan Deal’s Education Reform Commission in Georgia. Mr. Pierson holds a bachelor’s degree and an MBA from Harvard University.
Mr. Smith-Lewis is the Director of the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) Career Pathways Initiative. He was formerly an Associate Program Officer with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, working in their Postsecondary Success program. He previously worked in process improvement at Howard University and business analysis at McKinsey & Company. Mr. Smith-Lewis attended Morehouse College where he received his bachelor’s degree in Economics. He is currently attending Georgia State University to complete his master’s degree in African American Studies.